Infectious Disease Laboratories:Virology
Purple top (EDTA) tube
5.0 mL (minimum 1.5 mL)
Cause for rejection:
Sent to reference lab
Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)/DNA Sequencing
Centrifuge and separate plasma from cells within 6 hours of collection.
If collected at an offsite location, send by a STAT Courier to Hospital lab
Reference range is available on patient report
Special Information: This test may be unsuccessful if the plasma HIV-1 RNA viral load is less than 1,000 HIV-1 RNA copies/mL plasma. If the viral load is ordered at the same time, the turnaround time for the HIV Genotyping will be delayed until the viral load is completed.